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The only thing genuinely brave about Three Brave Men is the second word in the title. The film is based on the true story of a Navy employee who was fired as a security risk, then took the case to court to prove his loyalty to the United States. Ernest Borgnine plays the victimized employee, whose life is ruined simply because he once briefly participated in an alleged "Pinko" organization. Borgnine and his family are ostracized from the community when word leaks out about his so-called disloyalty. Lawyer Ray Milland takes Borgnine's case; he pleads so eloquently on behalf of his client's patriotism that the navy, represented by Eisenhower lookalike Dean Jagger, reinstates Borgnine. The problem in Three Brave Men is in how the material is approached. Instead of attacking the atmosphere of paranoia that fostered the Communist "witch hunts" of the 1950s, the crucifixion of Borgnine is treated as a necessary evil in the interests of "democracy." The low point comes at the end, when Ray Milland profusely thanks the Navy for their open-mindedness before his client has been exonerated. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ray Milland
as Joe Di Marco
Ernest Borgnine
as Bernie Goldsmith
Frank Lovejoy
as Capt. Winfield
Nina Foch
as Lieutenant McCoy
Dean Jagger
as Rogers
Virginia Christine
as Helen Goldsmith
Edward Andrews
as Maj. Jensen
Frank Faylen
as Enos Warren
Diane Jergens
as Shirley Goldsmith
Warren Berlinger
as Harry Goldsmith
Andrew Duggan
as Browning
James Westerfield
as O'Reilly
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Horton
Olive Blakeney
as Miss Scott
Robert Burton
as Dietz
Ray Montgomery
as Sanford
Sandy Descher
as Alice
Jonathan Hole
as Gibbons
Fern Barry
as Miss Howell
Joe McGuinn
as Gaddis
John Close
as Photographer
Leonard Graves
Selmar Jackson
as Retired Admiral
Walter Woolf King
as Adm. Mason
Gene O'Donnell
as Washington Correspondent
Lee Roberts
as Investigator
Jason Wingreen
as Perry
Joseph Wiseman
as Jim Barron
Carleton Young
as Board Chairman
Juanita Close
as Bernie's Secretary
Edith Claire
as Dietz's Secretary
Helen Mayon
Gene O'Donnell
as Washington Correspondent
Walter Woolf King
as Adm. Mason
Selmar Jackson
as Retired Admiral
Carleton Young
as Board Chairman
Joseph Wiseman
as Jim Barron
Edith Claire
as Dietz's Secretary
Juanita Close
as Bernie's Secretary
Lee Roberts
as Investigator
Jason Wingreen
as Perry
John Close
as Photographer

Crew

Philip Dunne
Director
Philip Dunne
Screenwriter
Charles G. Clarke
Cinematographer
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
David Bretherton
Editor
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
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